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France's state of emergency to be lifted on July 26

The state of emergency in France which has been in place since the terror attacks in January will be lifted on July 26, President Francois Hollande said.

Mr Hollande spoke after presiding over the traditional Bastille Day parade with thousands of members of the military marching down the Champs-Elysees in Paris and fighter jets flying overhead.

The president said: "We cannot prolong the state of emergency eternally ... Is the threat there? Yes."

He also said France will send military advisers to Iraq to help the country's troops retake Mosul, the Islamic State stronghold in the north.

And he urged new UK Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger quickly the procedure to take Britain out of the European Union.

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